A set of original and folk stories in Michel Ocelot's on-off lifetime work of silhouette animation fairy tales take their inspiration from, among others, Caribbean, Meso-American, Russian and Tibetan culture.
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Max Renaudin Pratt,
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In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
[Michel Ocelot] had first envisioned Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) as a silhouette animation (the medium he had been working in since 1988's We Are the Star (1988)) and wrote the initial version of the screenplay with this manner of presentation in mind. Karaba's "breast jewelry" emerged during this phase as a device to prevent her having the appearance of having only one breast when her torso was turned to a three-quarter view but was retained despite the changeover to full color. See more »
[sees a beautiful tree standing on its own]
Look at that tree! I've never seen anything like it.
Then don't go near it! It may be a trap from the sorceress.
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I had the opportunity to rent this from Netflix, and I'm so glad I did! I fell in love with the style and the rich colors, and though I live in the US, I was glad to see the women and children as they really are,semi or completely nude. After awhile,I didn't even notice it,and I think that it made Karaba the sorceress even more beautiful. The plants and animals were very well drawn, and I was relieved to see that none of the animals talk or sing. Kirikou himself is a very well realized character,and the folk of his village stay true to human nature. I would definitely recommend this film to families, but just be sure that the adults can handle seeing naked children and lots of cartoon boobs. The kids won't even notice if parents don't make a fuss over it, and that's not what really matters in the story anyway. The point is that Kirikou stays true to himself and he turns out to be a very moral person, even without clothes. Try it, you'll like it!
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